The STAR Republican News

March 2020

Star Republican Women is a federated member club of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and serves members and communities within TFRW Region XI and Texas Senate Districts 22 and 24.

In This Issue. 

  • From Denise's Desk
  • Save the Date: 4/22
  • SRW 2020 Membership Directory Available Now
  • Time to Renew Your Membership
  • Call for Volunteers
  • 2020 Caring for America Project Launched
  • Red Shoe Book Club To Meet March 24
  • Thank You, Hostesses!
  • SRW Patrons & Sponsors 

Empower Texans Matt Stringer To Speak March 17

12:30 p.m. Light Lunch

1:00 p.m. Meeting  ​​

CLICK HERE for Upcoming GOP Events Calendar

Empower Texans' Coalitions Mgr.

to Speak At SRW March 17 Meeting 


Empower Texans' Coalitions Manager Matt Stringer  will speak Tuesday, March 17 at Star Republican Women's meeting at Quail Point Community Center.  

A complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will commence at 1:00.

Formed in 2006, Empower Texans – and its premier project Texans for Fiscal Responsibility – provides Texans with news and information about the issues facing the Lone Star State. It was formed on the premise that Texans must be informed about policy solutions consistent with the principles of individual liberty and free markets.  It has offices in Dallas, Houston, Midland, the Rio Grande Valley and Austin.

According to Empower Texans, the greatest threat to our state’s economic growth and competitiveness is the weight of government on the economy.

“We seek policy outcomes that provide increasing levels of economic liberty and opportunity for all Texans by controlling the size of government,” said Stringer.   “Government power and reach must be strictly limited, with elected officials held accountable by active and informed citizens.”

Matt serves as the West Texas Coalitions Manager for the Texas Torchbearer Initiative (a grassroots activism program) and as a correspondent for Texas Scorecard (a web-based media outlet). Empower Texans offers a variety of information services at its website:  www.empowertexans.com.

A lifelong West Texan, Matt Stringer has a proud grassroots record of advocating for fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability at every level of government.  First becoming involved in politics in 2012, Matt has served as a delegate to both the state and national Republican conventions. 

As an activist, he frequently attends the Texas Legislature while in session, volunteers for numerous campaigns, and encourages civic engagement. This activism led to Matt receiving the Empower Texans Conservative Leader Award in 2015.

In 2016, he was elected to represent the State of Texas as a Presidential Elector of the Electoral College, where he cast one of the historic votes to put President Donald J. Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence over the top, and into the White House.

Empower Texans conducts research, provides timely information via multiple media outlets, encourages grassroots activism and provides scorecards on elected officials’ performance on key issues.

Each legislative session, Empower Texans measures each Texas legislator’s performance on core budget and free enterprise issues through its Fiscal Responsibility Index.  The public – including lawmakers – are notified in advance of votes taken on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.

In 2019, Empower Texans identified 12 issues on which the legislators would be rated, including: Budget and Tax Reform, Corporate Welfare and Cronyism, Election Integrity, First Amendment Protections, Higher Education Reform, Local Government Reform, Pro-Citizen Ethics Reform, Promoting Free Markets, Property Rights, Property Tax Reform, and State Government Reform.

Overall, state legislators scored an average of 46 out of 100 points on the Fiscal Responsibility Index – average scores of 44 in the House and 59 in the Senate.  

How did legislators who represent the Hill Country rate?  State Rep. Terry Wilson (R-20) scored 89 and was the 8th most fiscally responsible representative.  State Rep. Andrew Murr (R-53) scored 71 placing him in 17th place.  State Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-24) scored 68, ranking 12th among state senators.

From Denise's Desk


What an exciting Republican Party of Texas Convention year this will be!  The Republican Party of Texas Convention will be held May 14-16, 2020 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

The process begins with the Precinct Convention where Delegates to the County Convention are elected. If you live in Horseshoe Bay, Precinct 109, the Precinct Convention will be held March 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Quail Point.  All other Precinct Conventions will be held March 21, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in Llano at the American Legion Hall.  The Llano County Convention will be March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Llano.  County Convention Delegates will elect Delegates to the State Convention.  

As a Delegate to the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) 2020 Convention, you'll not only have a voice in who is elected to lead as Chairman of the RPT, but also be part of the important process of shaping the Republican Party of Texas Platform.

This being a Presidential Election year, the Convention will be particularly charged with energy!  President Trump could even make a personal appearance.

To be eligible as a Delegate or Alternate, you must either vote in the Republican Primary Election or sign an Oath of Affiliation to the Republican Party and submit an Application to Denise Rives at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. March 6, 2020.  If you need an application, email me and I’ll send you one.  

Applications will be reviewed by the Nominations Committee of the Llano County Republican Party.  This committee will submit recommendations to the County Convention where County Delegates will vote on the slate of Delegates to the State Convention.  

Get your application in early!  You don't want to miss this incredible opportunity to be involved in the process of determining the future of the RPT!

Proud to serve as your President!

With gratitude,

Denise Rives, SRW President


Wednesday, April 22


You won't want to miss Star Republican Women's 2020 "Fun Raiser" the evening of Wednesday, April 22 at Quail Point Community Center.

The "Keep America Great" event will feature great food, libation and fun.  Individual tickets and table sponsorships will be available.

Watch for a special email in your inbox soon with all the details.

Let Your Mouse Take You There!



SRW's 2020 Membership Directory is now available online at:  www.StarRW.org.  

Here is how to direct your "mouse" to take you to the directory:

  1. Go to www.StarRW.org
  2. Scroll over the tab "Club Docs and Info"
  3. Click on Membership Directory
  4. Enter the password:  SRW2020
  5. Click on the red button: Membership Directory

You will find the list of our members and much more information at our SRW website.  Check it out.  

Mary Lou Kromer, Public Relations Committee Chairman

Let's Keep Growing!


Star Republican Women membership now stands at 104 members and 42 associate members. LET'S CONTINUE TO GROW!

If you haven't already renewed your Star Republican Women membership please do so now!

Also, Please ask your friends, neighbors and family members to join Star Republican Women -- as members or associates.  Bring them to our next meeting.  Dues are $30 for members and $20 for associates.  Remember, spouses can join as associate members and attend all of our meetings.  

Click on the button below to download the membership form and recruit family and friends to become new members!

Please bring your completed membership form & your dues to our next meeting or mail to:           

       STAR Republican Women

       P.O. Box 8675

       Horseshoe Bay, TX  78657

Kathy Stahl, VP & Membership Committee Chairman​ 

2020 SRW Membership Form

Welcome New Members & Associates!

A hearty welcome to those who have joined Star Republican Women for the first time as well as those who have rejoined after being "away" for a few years!

          Donna Honnors                 Robert Honnors

          Lisa Rogers                         Alexander Nieto         

Get Involved!  Join the 10K 4 10R


You don't have to run a 10K. You don't even have to put on your shoes. You can get involved in the comfort of your home -- and help the GOP finish first at the finish line in November.  

Volunteer with the Republican Party of Texas to register voters prior to the upcoming general election.  Here's how:

What is 10K 4 10R you ask?

It’s the Republican Party of Texas’ Volunteer Engagement Project’s premier effort to engage 10,000 Republican volunteers who will each be responsible for registering 10 unregistered Republicans.

How does it work? 

The Republican Party of Texas Voter Engagement Project (RPTVEP) staff will provide you with a list of 10 solid Republicans in your locale that are unregistered. If you are a Deputy Voter Registrar, you can go to their home and sign them up on the spot.

If you are not a Deputy Voter Registrar, you can call them to let them know they are not registered and drop a registration card by their home; they can send it in themselves. You can also instruct them how to sign up on the Secretary of State website to receive a card.

How do I know they are a solid Republican? 

The RPTVEP staff has access to data which ranks Republicans on a Republican scale from 0-9. RPTVEP staff will only send you a list of “9’s!” How do I volunteer? Simply click the link below, and fill out the information. An RPTVEP staff member will then contact you!


Join Now and Help Keep Texas Red!

Barbara Derse, Campaign Activities Chairman

10K 4 10R SIGN UP

2020 Caring for America Project

Launched to Help Military Families


SRW's Caring for America Committee announced its 2020 Project to help military families staying at The Fisher House at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. 

A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. A Fisher House is much like a Ronald McDonald house except for military families.

There are 86 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations and 37 VA medical centers. The program began in 1990, and has offered more than 8 million days of lodging to more than 350,000 families.

SRW will be raising funds to help buy supplies for those staying at the Fisher House in San Antonio.  

The Caring for America Committee members will be accepting donations starting at the March 17 meeting.

Becca Marsh, Caring for America Committee Chairman


 Red Shoe Book Club

To Meet March 24


Star Republican Women's Red Shoe Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss the book "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gynne.  The event will be held in the Wine Room adjacent to the dining area at the Horseshoe Bay Resort.

SRW Literacy Committee Chairman Kathy Hussey will lead the discussion.   


This stunning historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West “is nothing short of a revelation…will leave dust and blood on your jeans” (The New York Times Book Review).

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.
Hailed by critics, S. C. Gwynne’s account of these events is meticulously researched, intellectually provocative, and, above all, thrillingly told. 

Even if you haven't read the book, you can attend and enjoy the conversation about the book and other topics of interest to the group.  Food and beverage service will be available on an individual pay as you go basis.

Kathy Hussey, Literacy Committee Chairman

Thank You Hostesses!


Star Republican Women is pleased to provide a complimentary light lunch at each of its general meetings thanks to our hostess members. 

We thank the following hostesses who contributed to the February SRW meeting lunch:

          Jane Boisvert                                 Mary Lou Kromer

          Sara Boyd                                      Sheryl Miller

          Cynthia Clinesman                         Mary Robison

          Barbara Derse                               Martha Tyroch

          Tommy Kepner                               Elaine Waddill

Carol Ascue, Hospitality Committee Chairman

SRW Patron and Sponsor Programs 

To Help Candidates & Communities

Star Republican Women thank those who have become sponsors and patrons in 2020, providing funds for Star's political contributions for the upcoming general elections and to support its Caring for America activities in local communities.

If you want to participate as a Patron or Sponsor, please click on the link below for additional information.  We welcome you recruiting others to participating in these programs as well.

SRW Patron & Sponsorship Programs



Horseshoe Bay Mayor Cynthia Clinesmith



Mary Lou Kromer

Lynn Snyder Lane

​JoAnn McCarty

​Denise Rives

Martha Tyroch

2019-2020 SRW Officers

President                         Denise Rives         [email protected]      432-638-7808

1st VP/Programs         Marsha Lovelady  [email protected]    432-238-9428

2nd VP/Membership    Kathy Stahl        [email protected]      832-472-5437

Secretary                           Debbie Lambert             [email protected]     512-748-0814

Treasurer                Charlotte Steindorf   [email protected]   830-596-0029

2019-2020 SRW Committee Chairmen

Awards                       Gennie Ward       [email protected]         325-247-4078

Hospitality                          Carol Ascue        [email protected]         512-663-3601   

Bylaws                                 Belle Guice          [email protected]         210-508-7803        

Parliamentarian                Belle Guice          [email protected]         210-508-7803       

Caring for America           Becca Marsh        [email protected]         361-564-8170

Chaplain                          Sue Boss-Lee   [email protected]       512-294-5863

Public Relations       Mary Lou Kromer     [email protected]     830-596-7061

Ways & Means   Marion Gardner   [email protected]     830-613-9216

Literacy                                Kathy Hussey   [email protected]       325-423-0418

Campaign Activities              Barbara Derse    [email protected]   214-202-0052

Legislation (Co-Chairs)         Sara Boyd  [email protected]  817-475-6953

 2019 TFRW Regional & District Leadership

Region XI Deputy President        Denise Rives                    [email protected]        

SD24 District Director                  Gail Teegarden        [email protected]

SD 22 District Director                 Devvie Duke              

NOTICE:     Political advertising paid for by Star Republican Women PAC, Treasurer Charlotte Steindorf, P.O. Box 8675, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657. SRW is a non-profit organization under Section 527 of the IRS Code.  Contributions to Star Republican Women PAC are NOT tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income purposes. Corporate contributions are not permitted. Not authorized by any candidate or committee.   

EDITOR:  Mary Lou Kromer – [email protected]